Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright is an international, award winning dramatist, director and screenwriter. His plays are consistently in production and have been translated into over 35 languages and have been performed in most major theatres of the world, including The West End of London, The Royal Court, The National Theatre and on Broadway. His theatre works include, amongst many others, Road, Bed, Two, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and more recently Raz, which have travelled to the Edinburgh Festival, Trafalgar Studios, London, and had a nationwide tour.

He has directed for the Royal Court in the West End, the Royal Exchange, a number of commercial tours, and also for the BBC and SKY TV. Amongst his extensive award-winning television and film works are Road, Johnny Shakespeare, Vroom, Wedded, and most recently King of the Teds, starring Alison Steadman, Brenda Blethyn and Sir Tom Jones.

Jim Cartwright has been an integral part of the Directorate of Performance, English and Creative Writing, working with students analysing his own plays, holding writing surgeries and running masterclasses with our students. Jim’s play Is There Anybody There? will have an early script-in-hand preview at the New Adelphi Theatre with some exciting student involvement.

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“The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” – The Guardian

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding met as Drama students at Bristol University in a very serious Ibsen production which had the audience on the floor laughing. A tragedy for Ibsen but the launch of a very long comedy partnership. Maggie and Sue formed LipService in 1985 and have produced 20 original comedies for the stage, had series on Radios 2 and 4, plus TV appearances. They tour nationally in the UK but have also toured to Pakistan, USA, Eastern Europe and Germany.

They have won many awards, such as the Manchester Theatre Award Stage Door Award for Excellence 2013; the Manchester Evening News Award for Withering Looks; the Critics Award for Comedy for Withering Looks at the Edinburgh Festival; and the Critics Award for Comedy for Knit One Murder One at the Edinburgh Festival.

LipService have been working closely with us developing media content for their new touring show Strangers on a Trainset. Students have had the opportunity to see creative work in development and we’re looking forward future collaborations about assessible performances using BSL and audio/visual description.

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Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Welsh Comedian Kiri Pritchard-Mclean is a double Chortle Award winning stand up comedian, writer and satirist. Recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You, The Russell Howard Hour (which she writes on) and Stand Up Central. Kiri hosted both Stand Up at BBC Wales and Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe for the BBC where she introduces a throng of the most exciting comics in the UK. She will be in upcoming episodes of Hypothetical, Roast Battle and the Comedy Central Specials in 2019.

A regular on BBC radio, Kiri has appeared many times on The Now Show and The News Quiz. She often co-hosts on Rhod Gilbert’s radio show and guest hosted Newsjack Extra. Kiri is a co-creator and co-host of both the All Killa No Filla podcast and the live juggernaut Amusical. All Killa No Filla is a podcast about serial killers that has a gigantic following worldwide. Kiri is fast becoming one of the most in demand comics in the UK.

Kiri is a Salford alumnus; she has contributed to teaching on the Comedy programme and has delivered several talks, masterclasses and is a well-known face around the building. Kiri brings all of her collaborations to the New Adelphi Theatre: from Amusical to the phenomenal All Killa No Filla sell-out podcast.


Hawk Dance Theatre

Hawk Dance Theatre have spent Summer 2018 developing two new works in residence at The University of Salford.

The first, Getting from A to B, a new commission from Dance Manchester, is a dance piece made especially for library performances. The second, Eyes On Me, funded by Arts Council England, is a research and development project exploring how young people communicate online and in the real world. Hawk Dance Theatre hope to develop Eyes On Me throughout 2018/2019 and plan to tour Getting from A to B throughout the UK. Further to this, Hawk Dance Theatre will continue to tour The Chit Chat Chalk Show, in partnership with The Knotted Project. The show, supported by The University of Salford, will tour from October 2018–April 2019.


Naqqash Khalid

Naqqash Khalid is a writer-director from Manchester. He is presently developing his first feature-length film and has recently completed work on a short film Stock, commissioned by Sky Arts, set for broadcast in Spring 2019.

Naqqash’s stage work has toured fringe venues across the UK. His latest live piece BEFORE A PACK OF WILD DOGS EAT MY FACE premiered at HOME’S Push Festival in 2019. Naqqash is a Jerwood Creative Fellow at the Manchester International Festival, and a Lecturer in Media and Performance at the University of Salford.

As well as teaching on the Media and Performance course, Naqqash has brought opportunities to students in the form of producing, assistant directing and production management through his recent commission with Sky Arts.


Bridget Fiske

Bridget is an artist in residence within our Dance programmes at the University of Salford. She will be focusing on three areas/projects:

  • Choreographing, in collaboration with Joseph Lau, a new multi-modal work They Gather, a tri-national collaboration between producers and artists in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands.
  • The ongoing development of the performed and facilitated project The Body Of Us.
  • Continuing to question, develop and refine training and improvisation methodologies.


DIY Theatre Company

DIY Theatre Company is an established company of performers with learning disabilities based in Salford. They have been creating accessible and thought-provoking theatre and educational projects since 1994. Their vision is for a world where performers and arts leaders with learning disabilities are valued as part of the rich diversity of our cultural sector and our society.

They aim to: challenge preconceptions and barriers experienced by people with learning disabilities through high quality performance, education projects and research; celebrate diversity and creativity in all areas of our work; and promote the achievements of performers and theatre-makers with learning disabilities and share good practice.

To do this they offer: original performances which tour theatres, schools and colleges; an exciting Youth Arts Programme for young people and young adults with Learning Disabilities; Drama projects with schools, colleges and youth organisations including accredited Arts Award projects at Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver levels; regular creative workshops and courses for adults with learning disabilities; training for Arts Award advisers, universities and practitioners; and bespoke performance, consultancy and training.

DIY Theatre company have strong links with our second year module, Theatre and Communities, led by Dr. Sheila McCormick. We’re working together this year to support their practice which aims to challenge disability in the arts. DIY will be in residence with us during the summer, with a sharing of work later in the year.


Coalesce Dance Theatre

Coalesce Dance Theatre is a Salford based, female directed contemporary dance company.

Coalesce is continuing to grow and expand throughout 2018/19. They are currently developing Hereafter, a collaborative work featuring two live musicians. After taking this work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, the company will be performing Hereafter at the New Adelphi Theatre, Salford, in November 2019. Over the next year, Drive, a new work created in March 2018, will continue its tour up and down the country.

Coalesce will be embarking upon new commissions alongside touring existing works to new venues throughout 2019.


Happenchance Theatre

In Happenchance shows, we see what happens when genres, characters, subjects and music that wouldn’t seem compatible are brought together. We use improvisation to find the most truthful ideas and to find the fun with an audience. We find all the mess in the serious topics, all the comedy in heartbreak, and all the truth behind comedy.

Recent shows include Wings, a sad sketchshow about comedians breaking up; The Unpopular Choice, a power play about saving the environment; and a gig-theatre version of Romeo & Juliet, performed in a nightclub, set in 1966. We are currently creating a modern multi-roling take on Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, featuring pop music, movement, and a lot of coats.

Happenchance is led by Vita Fox with her creative collaborator friends, including comedian Jacob Lovick, playwright Faye Lawlor, composer Oliver Vibrans and movement choreographers Jessica Barber and Catherine Butler.

The New Adelphi Theatre are a Venues North partner and are supporting Happenchance as emerging artists in the field of new writing, adaptation and comedy.


Matrafisc Dance

Matrifisc Dance was created by two young artists and their common desire to research and express using the language of choreography. It is an expression that showcases their artistic and training differences.

After meeting at a project developed for the Napoli Theatre festival, Ina Colizza and Antonello Apicella moved to the UK, where they worked and collaborated on several different projects, the culmination of which gave rise to Bruise, the intense autobiographical tale that speaks of choices, experiences and how in life the two artists have influenced each other. This piece has been a great success since its debut in Amsterdam, allowing Ina and Antonello to grow as artists, performers and choreographers.